RSC Blend Blocks, Applique & Hand Quilting

I didn’t think that I’d post again prior to Easter but I’ve been playing catch-up with some blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

I never got around to the purple Blend blocks for February so I made them this month, as well as two green ones, which is March’s color, and this applique block for the ‘Dear Daughter’ project is almost entirely green, so I am including it as well :)

I hope to get another green Blend block sewn over the weekend, as I wanted to try to make 3 per month.

As to hand quilting on the Rose of Sharon, I’ve made some more progress. I usually will echo quilt around applique and then fill in the background with cross hatch, etc. but in this case I am having fun with the Baptist fan stencil from Fun with Barb.

I am using colored thread to go through the larger flowers and leaves :

Progress shots from two angles :

If you wanted to hunt Easter eggs around our area this weekend you’d find them buried in the mud. It has rained all week and there was more this morning.  It is so slimy, slippery and squishy out there that you literally have to watch your footing.  I think we are to have sunshine for Easter Sunday though :) Have a happy one !

merle with bunny ears edit

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Little Baskets, More Templates Needed, & Dear Daughter

Time to make some new templates. I iron two pieces of freezer paper together to make them sturdier,  yet still, after a few rounds of use, they start to lose their sticking power…the shiny side says “I’ve had enough” and it’s time for a new round of templates for my Little Baskets, Starflowers, and on the upper left, some applique for the new Dear Daughter project from Sentimental Stitches.

I know I know…I don’t need a new project but Gay at Sentimental Stitches is so wonderful ….her background stories into the projects, the great photos of the quilts and their individual blocks…I had made a few of the Benjamin Biggs blocks, many more of the 1857 Album ….enough for a large sized couch quilt that is down at my son’s house, covering the grand kids when they watch TV, and now this one :)

She started a Facebook group, had over 800 join in and we crashed her website this morning when she let us know that the first set of blocks were ready :)     As with the 1857 Album quilt, I won’t applique every block but simply focus on a large couch quilt size. If you go to the link, you’ll see that the quilt has quite the thick sashing and I do not intend to replicate that.  I don’t want to spend the money on new fabrics for that. I’ll wait until I am done and go from there :)

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge color suggestion of the month is green. I have appliqued two green themed Little Baskets thus far, with another one prepped and ready to go.  And then those older freezer paper templates have been thrown out and new ones will be used as per the earlier photo.

As to the last item needing new templates, the EPP Starflower, I had such a fun exchange with a reader of this blog today.

Janet is a talented quilter who enjoys EPP and she would like to start making some Starflowers as well. We exchanged a few emails and she sent some links to me with an alternative to my whip stitching…I may try that method out on my next one. I hope that down the line once Janet starts on these that she might send some photos of hers that I can show on the blog  :) We both have a love of reproduction fabrics.

You might also enjoy : Rainbows and Potpies   OR  Vintage Dresden Plate Quilt 

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